I’ve had a rash ever since giving birth. Not sure if it was caused by the epidural, or if it’s just a hormonal thing. I imagine if it were the epidural it wouldn’t have spent this past week creeping up from my back onto my shoulder… sneaky rash. It is super bumpy (as a rash typically is) and itchy. Let’s just say that it adds nothing to the non-existent feeling of sexy I’ve had going on lately. I feel that I am nothing but a milk machine, and I am okay with that, but I don’t need to feel like a milk machine with an untouchable skin disease, that’s just no fair!
So I had the bright idea of trying coconut oil. My neighbor pretty much suggests it for everything, from nipple soreness to peeling skin on her twins. I have some that I purchased to make Emmy’s diaper rash cream, but I haven’t got around it it yet, and lucky she hasn’t had any need for any yet *knock on wood*. I applied some of the coconut oil to a small spot on my back and went about the rest of my evening and then went to sleep. This morning in the shower I reached back to see if there were any results (I can’t see it myself, I can only feel it), and to my great surprise, the rash is completely gone in that spot! No bumps, no itching!
I LOVE natural remedies for things, especially now that I have a baby who relies on me for her only sustenance. I don’t want anything in or on my body that may affect her.
So if any of you are experiencing an itchy rash, post-baby or not, I’d give this a try before any of the commercial remedies that may contain chemicals that will absorb into your skin. And for those of you interested in the diaper rash cream I plan on making one day, the recipe I will be using is this one. Be sure to use a liner if you use cloth diapers! The Zinc Oxide acts as a water repellent, and we know you don’t want that on a cloth diaper!
Good luck, fellow hippies! May your rashes never itch!